Space for Everyone

Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 16:00

Is space the place for you? With a hefty amount of moolah, a trip there and back can be all yours. But when the price comes down, traffic into space may make the L.A. freeway look like a back-country lane.

Space is more accessible than it once was, from the development of private commercial flights … to a radical new telescope that makes everyone an astronomer … to mining asteroids for their metals and water to keep humanity humming for a long time.

Plus, move over Russia and America: Why the next words you hear from space may be in Mandarin.


  • Leonard David - Space journalist, writer for
  • Mario Juric - Astronomer working on data processing for the LSST - the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
  • John Lewis - Chemist, professor emeritus of planetary sciences, University of Arizona, chief scientist, Deep Space Industries
  • Philip Lubin - Professor of physics, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • James Oberg - Retired NASA rocket scientist, space historian, and a self-described space nut